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Moon halo

A 22° lunar halo seen in Leeds, Thursday 17th November, 2005


A lunar halo [Leeds, Thu 17 Nov 2005; Canon 10D]

On our way home from a photographic expedition shooting night scenes in Leeds city centre, we looked up at the 99% full moon and the wispy clouds, and thought: "I wonder if we'll see a moondog?" No such luck, but later on Lee looked out of the window and yelled, "Halo!"

And there it was -- a spectacular and complete 22° lunar halo, with colours clearly visible. These aren't easy to photograph, and of course the moon will be horribly overexposed, but this is what we managed. This is a montage of two shots (we don't yet have a lens capable of spanning the entire thing), and on the right you can see Mars.


Image details

Photographer: Chris
Taken: Leeds UK, 0:09:02am Thu 17 Nov 2005
Original format: 3072 x 2048 JPEG, 2270 Kbytes
Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Exposure: 4 sec * ISO800 * f4.50
Focal length: 24.00mm (macro Off)
Program/mode: Manual * Metering: Partial * White balance: Auto
Flash: Not fired
Photodesk processing: Levels

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